6 Literary Podcasts For Bookish People To Listen : Words In Your Ears


After reading a book, you always wanted to talk about it so badly, but you can’t find a person with whom you can talk discuss the book. Then this article is for you. You might have heard about literary podcasts, they are a great place to listen about books. Literary podcasts will help you to add new books to your library or continue the life of a book even after you’ve finished reading.

The hosts of these literary podcasts have conversation and discussion about books you’re always looking for. They invite authors and writers in discussion, sometimes your favorite ones too. You’ll not only listen discussion about book but also learn so many unknowns and interesting things about author.

Most of these literary podcasts can be downloaded and are streamed on Soundcloud, Appl Podcasts, Stitcher app, Overcast and Pocketcasts.

Here is a list of literary podcasts for the bookish people. Listen to the conversation about the books that interest you.

The Guardian Book Podcast

The people at the Guardian gives a new Guardian Book Podcast every week. The Podcast presented by editor of Guardian Books Claire Armitstead, and joined by Guardian writer Richard Lea. It includes author interviews, discussions about books along with full recording of the Guardian’s book club. The episodes are frequently themed.

The topic of the latest episode on 03 July  2018 was about The Rise of autofiction with British author Olivia Laing and British Journalist Christina Patterson.

The New Yorker Fiction Podcast

Deborah Treisman, the incredible fiction editor of the New Yorker, invites a New Yorker author to podcast every week. They read a story once published in the magazine and then discuss it. Treisman is simply great, with her great questions, insights of books and banter.

In latest podcast on 02 July 2018, Treisman invited American author and novelist Ottessa Moshfegh. They read and discussed “My Life Is a Joke” by Sheila Heti, from a 2015 issue of the magazine.

Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel (CBC Radio)

This Canadian programme on CBC Radio is one of the best author interview programme around the world. This is because of Eleanor Watchel, a witty, wise and warm interviewer asking intelligent, smart and clear questions to author. Watchel is considered as the master of the literary interview. She has also published four collections of thought-provoking interviews with some of the world’s greatest writers.

In latest podcast on 30 June 2018, English novelist and Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantle was the guest. They, together, explored the uncommon rise of a common man during the reign of Henry VIII in her historical novel Wolf Hall and its 2012 sequel, Bring Up the Bodies.

Open Book with Mariella Frostrup (BBC Radio 4)

In this fabulous half-hour programme with Mariella Frostrul, we get an inside view at new fiction and non-fiction. We hear candid and sometimes offbeat interviews with authors and publishers. The programme is expertly researched and judged. Frostrup’s skill and subtlety along with a great line-up of authors and critics makes this show unique.

In a recent podcast on 28 June 2018, South African-Australian author Ceridwen Dovey with acclaimed Lebanese writers Hanan al-Shaykh and Nada Awar Jarrar talk to Mariella Frostrup. They discussed about their latest novels, and representing their home country in fiction and why they are especially interested in the lives of Beiruti women.

Dear Mr. Potter

Dear Mr. Potter is a niche podcast. It attains all the  dreams of Harry Potter Book fans. In Dear Mr. Potter, they study and discuss J. K. Rowling’s magical Harry Potter series, a little about the movie adaptations along with a few other influential books. So all the Potter-heads get yourself a headphone and listen to this podcast.

Slate Audio Book Club

The Slate Audio Book Club gets together once a month to discuss a book. Prior to the podcast day, listeners are advised to read the book. They start with traditional book club questions-likability, favorites,- but then they dig a bit deeper. Covering from classics like The Catcher in the Rye to the latest titles like Girl on the Train, the Audio Book Club always make you think about the books different way. It will make you reconsider your assumptions and will open the mind to something new.


  1. Thanks for a fantastic post! I also highly recommend the BBC World Book Club, which has about 20 years of archives, with the wonderful Harriett Gilbert interviewing great authors from Annie Proulx to Derek Walcott! Thanks again.


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